Progress made at Soham Village College following poor report

Dr Carin Taylor

Dr Carin Taylor - Credit: Archant

SOHAM Village College – which was criticised earlier this year by inspectors – has made progress in bringing about improvements.

Inspectors from Ofsted published a report in May in which they said the standard of teaching at the college was not up to scratch and required improvement.

Though they praised several aspects of the college – including elements of teaching, the behaviour of students and certain areas of leadership, they said that the head teacher had “overestimated” the quality of its teaching.

In a follow up inspection carried out last month, inspectors returned to the college to check that an action plan had been put in place to bring about improvements and they noted that progress had been made.

Inspector John Daniell told head teacher Dr Carin Taylor: “Your school improvement plan covers all of the areas for improvement identified in the last inspection, and you have identified members of the governing body to monitor each area of improvement.

“Your appointment of a temporary head of English is improving teaching in this

subject. She is working well with colleagues from Bottisham Village College to

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improve the accuracy of assessment.

“The director of mathematics is improving the quality of teaching by providing additional support where he identifies teaching as less than good.

“Students’ books in English show more detailed marking and suggestions on how to improve their work, but this is not consistent across all subjects.”

Inspectors will visit again within the year to see that progress is being maintained before they decide if further action is necessary.